Hillsborough Castle and Gardens is now closed for major project works - re-opening in July 2018.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens

Explore over 100 acres of stunning gardens

Explore over 100 acres of stunning gardens

When

  • Open daily from 01 July 2018

Ticketing information

Access to the gardens is included in a castle tour or gardens-only ticket.

09:30-17:00 (until 30 September 2018) - last admission is 16:00. 

Included in palace admission Buy Hillsborough Castle tickets

Hillsborough Castle’s glorious gardens are bursting with colour and are a joy to explore. From ornamental grounds to peaceful woodland, meandering waterways and picturesque glens, there are over 100 spectacular acres to discover.

The historic gardens, which were developed from the 1760s onwards, offer intriguing contrasts between ornate formal gardens, woodland and meadows. Keep an eye out for specimen trees and rare plants as you explore the glorious grounds of Northern Ireland's royal residence.

On arrival, don't forget to pick up your copy of our garden explorer map which reveals more of the garden's unique features, including the Yew Tree Walk, Moss Walk, Ice House, Pinetum and the Quaker Burial Ground.

These special gardens are a delight to the senses throughout the seasons and offer countless places to unwind, contemplate, socialise and seek inspiration.

April 2019 will see the opening of our four-acre 18th-century Walled Garden. Be sure to visit our Hillsborough Castle Project page for more information. 

Hillsborough Castle Project

Garden highlights

Lady Alice’s Temple

Don’t miss the tranquil Lady Alice’s Temple, where former resident Secretary of State Mo Mowlem once found welcome respite from the pressures of politics. Historically, the temple was given as a wedding gift to Lady Alice Hill by her brother, the 5th Marquess of Downshire in 1867. Take a seat and relish the tranquility as you enjoy stunning views of the surrounding gardens. 

Granville Garden

The beautiful Granville Garden was created in the 1940s and 1950s by HM the Queen's aunt; Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon. Lady Rose was the wife of the Earl of Granville, the second Governor of Northern Ireland. As young princesses, HM the Queen and HRH Princess Margaret would visit their aunt and uncle here at Hillsborough Castle. 

Yew Tree Walk

This picturesque path is the route of the original road to Moira which passed in front of the house and into The Square. It was enclosed during the mid 1800s and is now named after the paired Irish Yew trees that line the path. It offers outstanding views of the nearby Lady Alice's Temple.

The Moss Walk

Take a wander alongside the beautiful Moss Walk, framed under a canopy of lime trees. This stunning area of the gardens has recently had new paths incorporated to follow the original historic layout from the 1770s and is a beautiful photo spot throughout the seasons.

Other highlights

Hillsborough Castle’s gardens are a treat that always reward; look out for the statue of Ossian, the Quaker Burial Ground, Ice House and Pinetum.

The garden lawns and waterways in the sunshine at Hillsborough Castle
State Entrance of Hillsborough Castle showing fireplace with surrounding seating and furniture. Looking towards doors leading into Candlestick Hall.
Tours and talks Things to see

Discover elegant State Rooms still used by the royal family on a guided tour of Hillsborough Castle.

Daily from 01 July 2018

Events Member only

Join us for one of our evening walking tours of the beautiful Hampton Court Palace gardens.

1 August and 14 August 2018

Hampton Court Palace

18:00

Illustration of a young girl and a blue and yellow dragon with Kew Pagoda in the background on a wall in an exhibition space
Events Families

2018 sees the arrival of dragons to Kew Gardens! Find out more in the new Here Be Dragons exhibition next to Kew Palace.

30 March - 30 September 2018

Kew Palace

Open daily

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